In the world of stop-motion animation, there is pretty much Ray Harryhausen and Aardman, and then everyone else. Aardman Animations has used clay and patience to create classics like the adventures of Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, and Shaun The Sheep. Chicken Run remains the highest-grossing stop motion animation of all time. Their latest is Robin Hood.
They are creating content for Netflix and are expanding away from the claymation style into felt puppets.
Robin Hood is not a Sherwood Forest set tale of Merry Men and an angry sheriff though. This is a holiday-themed musical film.
When her egg rolls out of her family’s nest and into a trash dump, Robin is raised by a loving family of mice. As she grows up, her differences with her adopted family become more obvious. Robin sets up the ultimate heist to prove to her family that she can be a really good mouse, and wouldn’t you know it, because it’s Christmas she ends up discovering who she really is.
Dan Ojari (Slow Derek) and Mikey Please (The Eagleman Stag) direct the project. Here is the teaser:
Aardman was founded in 1972 as a low-budget project by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, who wanted to realize their dream of producing an animated motion picture. The partnership provided animated sequences for the BBC series for deaf children Vision On.
The company name originates from the name of their nerdish Superman character in that sequence. A segment they created in 1975 called The Greeblies was the inspiration for creating Morph, a simple clay character who became famous on British children’s TV.
Aardman are also responsible for the animation in the multiple award-winning music video for Peter Gabriel’s song Sledgehammer. They produced the music video for the song My Baby Just Cares For Me by Nina Simone in 1987.
Robin Hood has set a November 27th premiere on Netflix.